It took Kentucky Peerless Distilling 102 years between their last two bourbon releases. Fortunately, the revived, historic company seems to be picking up the pace. Peerless announced another release slated for August 3rd.
Following up on their June release, the first of the distillery’s reboot, the company plans to release more bottles of the Peerless Bourbon during a distillery event in Louisville. Theproduct is then expected to trickle out to Kentucky retailers.
Peerless Bourbon is the work of Master Distiller Caleb Kilburn. Kilburn uses non-chill filtration and a sweet mash. The juice is bottle at a relatively low barrel proof 108.9 ABV.
Founded by Henry Kraver in 1889, Peerless was once the second largest distillery in Kentucky. However, the plant shuttered in 1917 due to ratification of the 18th Amendment and the start of US involvement in World War I. In 1933, Repeal passed, but Peerless did not reopen.
In 2015, Kraver’s great-grandson resuscitated the brand. After first rolling out a rye, he unveiled the bourbon in June. The response was literally a line out the door and a quick sellout.
“The reception was beyond anything that I could have imagined as inventory that was supposed to last better than a week disappeared in a matter of hours,” said Kilburn in a statement. “It was surreal and I cannot thank everyone who supported us enough. That reception drives us to continually strive to produce the best product possible and uphold the Peerless name.”
If you’re planning to make the trip to the August release, here are the details and rules…
The doors will open at 9 a.m. and complimentary tastings of Peerless Kentucky Straight Rye and Bourbon will be offered every half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours will be offered at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and will be limited to 30 people per tour.Peerless Bourbon will be first come, first served. Bottles will not be available for reservation. Guests will be able to purchase up to two bottles each. Payments will not be taken over the phone. Shipping will not be available.